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Peru: Population Control Programme

Volume 588: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make representations to the Government of Peru about its population control programme. [HL1163]

Peru is a priority country for health and population assistance from the Department for International Development. We are in regular dialogue with the Peruvian Ministry of Health concerning its policies and their implementation. In this dialogue we have indicated the potential for targets to reduce emphasis on service quality. The Government of Peru has recently announced that it will implement a number of reforms to its population and reproductive health programmes, as well as a comprehensive monitoring programme, to ensure compliance with international family planning norms and informed consent procedures.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development discussed these matters with the Peruvian Health Minister at the recent Inter-American Development Bank meeting in Cartagena.